Jamaica International Service Learning and Research
The Jamaica International Service Learning and Community-Based Research program provides an opportunity to explore the history, culture, socio-economic development, and formal and non-formal (community-based) education in Jamaica, while also learning what it means to be a global citizen in your chosen field. This program focuses on international service learning, diversity, and pro-poor development.
Five weeks: early/mid-May through mid-June
This program is based in Yallahs, St. Thomas Parish, Jamaica
Language of instruction
- Focus on international service and community-based learning, diversity, and socio-economic development; open to undergraduate and graduate students
- Students take one integrated, interdisciplinary course, for three credits, and engage in a service/community-based service with a local partner organization
- Course combines experiential learning at service sites with academic readings and discussions
- Field projects vary depending on the needs of community-based partner organizations as well as your interests and skills
- Provides an opportunity to explore the history, culture, socio-economic development, and formal and non-formal (community-based) education in Jamaica, while also learning what it means to be a global citizen in your chosen field
- You may choose to focus on topics such as, but not limited to, gender issues, teen resilience, student learning and development, teacher collaboration, healthy lifestyles, community development, entrepreneurship, and all aspects of education
Students enroll in one course, Service Learning, for a total of three credits hours.
Undergraduates enroll in Education 2224: Service Learning (3 credits), Social Work 4000: Special Topics in Social Work (3 credits) or Sociology 2130: Selected Topics (3 credits)
Graduate students enroll in Urban Education 5515: Service Learning and Community Development (3 credits)
Weekends and some Fridays are devoted to educational travel/excursions. Specific destinations are selected based on student interests and may include visits to alternative tourism sites.
Courses are co-taught by the Program Director, Dr. Cheri Carter, and Dr. Georgia Bianchi.
Participants are lodged either dormitory-style in a beachfront villa or in a nearby guest house in Yallahs.
Open to qualified students matriculated at U.S. colleges and universities.
Applying to the program
Application deadline: February 15